Last Updated: Aug 8, 2012
A graphic novel is a book in which the story is told using a comic book style or something similar. Fiction, history, science, and other non-fiction topics can be found.
Satchel Paige : Striking Out Jim Crow
Call Number: Graphic Novel Sturm, J
Jim Crow laws, which segregated blacks and whites, kept Satchel Paige out of the major leagues. But they couldn't stop him from becoming a world-class athlete.
Graphic novels can be just as "serious" as any other book. The illustrations give fuller meaning to the text. Graphic novels can be like movies in their powerful ability to tell the story. The pictures provide clues to the the words on the page and can support reading skills in this way.
Call Number: Graphic Novel Varon, S
This is a story of the enduring friendship between a dog and a robot.
Far from home (Zita the Spacegirl series)
Call Number: Graphic Novel Hatke, B
When young Zita discovers a device that opens a portal to another place, and her best friend is abducted, she is compelled to set out on a strange journey from star to star in order to get back home.
The Stonekeeper (Amulet series)
Call Number: Graphic Novel Kibuishi, K
Emily's and Narvin's mother is kidnapped and dragged into a strange and magical world where, it seems, the children's great-grandfather has been before. It's up to the children to set things right and save their mother's life.
Out from Boneville (Bone series)
Call Number: Graphic Novel Smith, J
Three cousins are run out of their hometown of Boneville. Their journey leads them to an encounter with an evil power, and begins them on a journey to help save the world.
Graphic novels can tell a story in a way that a traditional book cannot. Examples below show some of the ways that graphic novels push the boundaries of storytelling.
Call Number: Graphic Novel Shiga, J
In this choose-your-own-adventure story with a graphic novel twist, a boy stumbles on the laboratory of a mad scientist who asks him to choose between testing a mind-reading device, a time machine, and a doomsday machine.
Call Number: Graphic Novel Arni, S
After she and Rama are banished from the kingdom, Sita is imprisoned in a garden and must prove herself to be true to Rama.
A good graphic novel is no different from any other good book for children in that it should have a good narrative and interesting characters. The illustrations should be of good quality and work hand-in-hand with the text. There are graphic novels for all ages, so choose a book that has content that is appropriate for your child.
Hereville : How Mirka Got Her Sword
Call Number: Graphic Novel Deutsch, B
Eleven-year-old Mirka Herschberg dreams of fighting dragons and spends her days honing her skills, even though there are no dragons in her Orthodox Jewish community. When she accepts a challenge from a mysterious witch, Mirka just might win her dragon-fighting sword after all.